Wednesday, June 22, 2011


America's Favorite Animal Shelter Contest - help your animal shelter win $15,000 - vote today!

If you have 30 seconds vote for Dog's Nation please!
This is the shelter that I help out at and they could really use this.
We're a nokill shelter working with mostly pit bulls, but have many other
dogs and cats that are waiting for their forever homes.
So be a doll and vote!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

not a storm fan

At this precise moment, it is storming outside. I'm not talking the light rain occasional thunder kind of storm but the pretty sure the trees are laying sideways, raining harder than ever pretty sure I'm not going to see daylight again type. I may be exaggerating, but not by much.
I am not a storm person. I never have and never will be. Rain does not soothe me and I cannot fall asleep to it. Instead, it wakes me up and causes me to radar watch like a paranoid person. I don't sleep and can't relax. What's setting me on edge right now is that my radar screen won't appear. It's killing me. I have it on my desktop but all that's happening is that silly "loading" screen. Come on! A girl has got to know what color she's in!

Granted, this rain is only supposed to last till 2am. It's currently 12:19 am and it's not supposed to do anything but gust, rain and thunder. This isn't calming to me.

A normal person would have check the weather, noticed when the watches went off and gone to bed. Maybe turned the weather radio up a little bit, fluffed the pillow and drifted off knowing that if anything bad was to happen they'd wake up and be okay. Not I, oh no, not I. I don't have a weather radio, I know, dumb. Working on it. I have online weather, phone weather and text alerts. I've become an expert at reading radar, still and moving. Can decipher most weather related jargon and can 'feel' a storm hours away.

Hour and a half left of this. Instead of rambling on with my many paranoid thoughts, I'm going to let this go and study my maps. I hate storms.

Friday, June 17, 2011

sunflowers and oh did i tell you...

This week has been crazy. My work hours have picked up so I've been kept busy there. And when I'm not there I'm working on various papers for the rescue where I volunteer. That's pretty much a job within itself. Beyond that is the garden and animals. Whew. It's a wonder I'm still up right now. Work has been going pretty well. I enjoy my job and I can honestly say that my arms have gained some muscle mass from lifting all those groceries! I don't really have much else to say...I have a couple little peppers coming in and a few tomatoes. My sunflowers are coming up in full force and I'm excited to see them bloom. I did have one of the ones that I started at school survive to bloom. That was pretty cool to see. In fact, here's a picture of it....The center has darkened a little bit since I took this picture. This was on the first day that it fully bloomed. Hopefully I'll be able to get a couple newer pictures done.
Hmm...what else...
Oh yeah, I'm going to be in a movie! Yeah! As an extra and a body double. I'm naturally super excited about this. I go to film next weekend! Going to be a famous movie star before we know it lol

Friday, June 10, 2011


It's starting to storm right now. The lightening has started and so has the rain. Soon, there'll be thunder and more rain and maybe hail. I'm hoping that there won't be hail because my poor little plants wouldn't survive. Last thing they need is a ton of rain too. I've just started carrots and more sunflowers...kinda hope they don't drown. There's really no place for me to move them too either. Sigh. I hope they live.

Beyond the rain worry, work has been going well! It's been nice to see a few customers that I know and getting to catch up with them. Tonight was a crazy night. First, spaghetti busted in my lane. Then I was checking out the Cherry Mash display at the end of my lane and the entire display fell into itself. After I taped it back up and started tossing the candy back into it, it fell apart again! Then more busted spaghetti and a whole mess of not being able to open bags. It was just a weird time. So glad to be done for a few hours. Tomorrow is my long shift and I'm hoping that the time will just fly by.

Lately I've been thinking of canning. I really want to try my had at it. Pretty sure my first attempt will be with cherry jam, since I have a cherry tree in my yard and it's time for those to be picked. Then maybe peaches and or pears. I considered pickles, but that's not immediately gratifying. I did find a good zucchini pickle recipe that I may try someday. This summer seems to be my summer of homemaking. Not only am I attempting canning, but I'm working on making a few rugs and coasters. Even got some nice heavy fabric to wrap a cat tree that is in the planning stages. Oh me. I hope everything pulls together for all of it to happen!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

summer list

Things I really should do this summer (because saying I need to do them makes them feel too aggressive)

  • Pictures, pictures, pictures.
  • Figure out how to dress like a hipster.
  • Get my tomatoes in line. They look sad.
  • Sunflowers!
  • Rearrange my books and (gulp) give a few away.
  • Work as much as possible to pay for pictures.
  • Decide on Rp or Images.
  • Exercise. It's for the dog, really.